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Sahara Family Walking Tour

A week in the dunes of southern Morocco for an unforgettable family trek!
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Trek in Morocco

From
680€/pers
Duration
8 days / 7 nights

A family holiday in the Sahara

Who hasn’t dreamed of taking their children to the desert? This hike in southern Morocco, around the Tagounit oasis, is the answer. Quick and easy access from Ouarzazate, dunes as far as the eye can see, friendly and reassuring camel drivers: ideal for a family trip to Morocco. The walks are short and easy, averaging 2 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon. And if you wish, you can reserve a saddle camel, very well trained and equipped with a saddle with a solid pommel for a good grip!

To sum up:
Easy level of walking: between 2 and 4 hours a day.
Camels carry all the logistics.
Overnight bivouacs in tents.

Region visited during this trip to Morocco: Atlas Mountains & Sahara

N.B.: This trip to Morocco is an individual tailor-made trip, to be personalized with our Morocco specialist advisors.

The route
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Ouarzazate

The gateway to the deep south leads to the vast, arid expanses of the Moroccan desert. At the confluence of the Drâa and Dadès rivers, near the Ziz, the landscape becomes a kingdom of palm groves, orchards and gardens, as well as regs and ergs.

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Sahara desert

The Sahara is the largest hot desert in the world. Located in northern Africa, it crosses several countries. Discover the Sahara in Morocco and experience an unforgettable trip.

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Étapes 1 & 3

Ouarzazate

The gateway to the deep south leads to the vast, arid expanses of the Moroccan desert. At the confluence of the Drâa and Dadès rivers, near the Ziz, the landscape becomes a kingdom of palm groves, orchards and gardens, as well as regs and ergs.

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Your trip to Morocco in detail

Day 1

Ouarzazate

Ouarzazate
Ouarzazate

Welcome at Ouarzazate airport and transfer to your hotel.

Night in Ouarzazate.

Day 2

Ouarzazate - Ait Issfoul

Agdz
Agdz

You leave Ouarzazate by minibus to descend the Draa Valley via Agdz, Zagora and Tagounit. You arrive in the early afternoon at the Ait Issfoul oasis and meet your camel team. Start your trek through palm groves and henna gardens. Set up camp in the red dunes of Bougayoir.
First night in a desert bivouac. A double tent for the night and a mess tent for meals.

Approx. 4 hours’ drive and 2 hours’ walk.
Night in a desert bivouac.

Day 3

Ait Issfoul - Tidri

Draa valley
Draa valley

You pass through the Zaouiat and the village of Sidi Salah to reach the sandy slopes of Tidri. Set up camp at the foot of the peaks overlooking the Oued Draa. Optional afternoon walk to discover the rock engravings.

3 to 5 hours walking.
Night in bivouac.

 

Day 4

Tidri - Erg Sahel

Draa valley
Draa valley

Stage due south on the left bank of the Oued Draa, heading for the Erg Sahel, total immersion in this Saharan universe at the end of the world. Set up camp in the virgin dunes.

Approx. 4 hours’ walk.
Night in bivouac.

 

Day 5

Erg Sahel - Erg Laaniti

Camels in the desert
Camels in the desert

Crossing the wide open spaces of the Sahara, discovering the ruins of ancient abandoned Saharan villages, in places crossing sites dotted with old pottery. Set up camp on Erg Laaniti opposite the Ksar of Bounou.

Approx. 4 hours’ walk.
Night in bivouac.

 

Day 6

Erg Laaniti - Mhamid El Ghozlane

Palm grove
Palm grove

A day to discover the natural riches in the heart of the Mhamid palm grove. Visit ancient villages. The trail heads towards the edge of the palm grove to your camp between dunes and palm trees.

Approx. 4.5 hours’ walk.
Night in bivouac.

 

Day 7

Mhamid El Ghozlane - Ouarzazate

Zagora
Zagora

A short walk in the morning to reach the minibus in the center of Mhamid, before heading back up the Drâa valley to Ouarzazate. On the way, lunch in a lovely restaurant in Zagora, arriving mid-afternoon in Ouarzazate.
Check-in at your hotel.

250 km and 5 hours drive approx.
Night in a hotel in Ouarzazate.

Day 8

Ouarzazate

Ouarzazate
Ouarzazate

Breakfast at hotel, end of trek. Transfer to Ouarzazate airport.
Transfer to Marrakech possible at extra cost.

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Your accommodation for this trek in Morocco

Please do not hesitate to contact our team to find out more about the accommodation we have selected for you.
The accommodations proposed in our programs are selected according to criteria of comfort, services and location. As Morocco like a local is a travel agency specializing in tailor-made tours, we strive to meet your expectations as closely as possible by offering you 100% customizable programs. This is why all the accommodations mentioned in our programs are only suggestions, and it is entirely possible for you to modify them according to your wishes, your budget and seasonal availability.

Nights in detail

> 5 nights’ bivouac: Every evening, igloo tents (Ferrino brand) are pitched near the kitchen tent and mess tent, where meals are taken. Mats and carpets provide comfort, and lanterns add to the atmosphere! Toilet facilities are basic and amenities rustic. The most important aspect of this type of trip is meeting the local population and getting to know the Berber teams (guide, cook, camel driver). Rest assured, your guide and Berber team will help you set up your tent if necessary.

> Hotel: 2 nights in a 3*** hotel in Ouarzazate in BB. A hotel with swimming pool close to the town center.

> On the menu during your trip: Throughout your trek in Morocco, we do our utmost to provide you with varied, tasty, balanced and… Moroccan food.
Breakfast: cereals, bread, jam, milk, black tea, mint tea, coffee, chocolate
Lunch: mixed cooked salads or vegetable ratatouille, cooked cheese, seasonal fruit, mint tea.
Dinner: Moroccan soup, hot tagine dish or couscous, or a pasta dish + dessert, verbena, herbal tea.
Snack/Dessert: pancakes, apple fritters, seasonal fruit salad, cinnamon oranges, dates, rice pudding.

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Estimated price per person: 680 euros

Your trip starts at €680 per person based on 2 people.
This rate is based on people traveling together and sharing a double room.

The final price may vary according to the number of participants, your departure dates, vehicle category and availability during the selected period.

Included in this travel

  • Transfer to and from the field 5 nights' bivouac accommodation
  • 2 nights 3*** hotel in Ouarzazate in BB, standard double room
  • 1 English-speaking guide
  • 1 cook
  • Dromedaries to carry logistics
  • Full board in the field
  • Equipment: igloo tent - mess tent - mattress & cover - kitchen utensils

Not included in this travel

  • Sleeping bag
  • Single supplement
  • Tips and extras
  • Meals and drinks in Ouarzazate
  • International flights to Morocco
  • Additional travel insurance, not mandatory
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Our tips for this trek in Morocco

> Equipment for the trek :
– A small backpack to carry your personal belongings during the day (camera, sun cream, glasses, money, etc.).
– A soft travel bag is preferable to a suitcase (difficult to carry on camelback).
– A sun hat or cap
– A pair of high-quality sunglasses
– Sunscreen and lip balm
– Short- and long-sleeved T-shirts
– A warm jacket for the evenings
– Comfortable pants or shorts, avoiding short shorts out of respect for the locals.
– A pair of light walking shoes with good ankle support (firm sole, Vibram type)
– A pair of sandals for walking in the sand and bivouacs.
– A first-aid kit is provided and is the responsibility of your guide. Remember to bring your usual medicines and treatments.

> Supervision :
A qualified mountain guide with Ministry of Tourism accreditation. He knows how to adapt to the walkers he accompanies, from beginners to experienced hikers.
He is assisted by a cook and one or more camel drivers, depending on the size of the group. And, of course, there’s an immediate bond between them and the children.

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Trek in Morocco

From
680€/pers
Duration
8 days / 7 nights
Highlights

  • The most beautiful dunes in the Moroccan Sahara.
  • Experience the daily life of a camel caravan in the middle of the desert.
  • Kids love it!Possibility of reserving a saddle camel to rest little legs.
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